IAPP’s annual event for AP professionals is scheduled for May 9-13 just outside of Dallas, TX.  Two months remain to register and make your plans to attend.  (Lavante will be there demonstrating solutions for profit recovery, TIN management and Vendor File Management)

I am impressed with IAPP’s resilience in creating this event.  It is no secret that trade show attendance is down this year and many shows are running at about 30% of their participation levels from only a few years ago.  IAPP has done a couple of clever things to battle this trend and I have to say that I am genuinely impressed.

They have partnered with a like-minded association, TAWPI to pull together resources and to broaden the offering to all attendees.  They have introduced a sister company IARP to bring more connectivity throughout the Shared Service group.  They have broadened their offering to become more relevant to Shared Service Directors and CFOs.  This will increase then number of interested parties and it will add more value at the decision maker level.  (Directors are more likely to approve budget for show attendance if the material is relevant to them.) IAPP has also made a very public effort to add more content and value to the show.  They have even added a guided tour of the trade show floor to help call out and demonstrate specific vendor solutions for outsourcing, technology, document management, imaging and almost anything else you can think of.

To date I understand attendance for the event is ahead of last years numbers and there is a very strong buzz in the industry about this show.  Can’t wait to see you all there.